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Salvatore Tamburello
Army
Salvatore
Tamburello
DIVISION: Army,
69 Recon, 29 Div.
Nov 18, 1918 - Dec 4, 2014
BIRTHPLACE: Brooklyn, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: May 21, 1942 -
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Sep 26, 1945
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HONORED BY: Children, Grandchildren, & Great-Grandchildren

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Salvatore Tamburello participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy Beach France. Following his military service, he worked for the Grumman Aerospace Company for nearly twenty five years.

Alton Junior Tanner
Army Air Corps
Alton Junior
Tanner
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
331st Bomb Sq.
Jul 3, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hartford, AR
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 22, 1943 -
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Sep 25, 1945
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HONORED BY: J.E. Tanner

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Alton served as top turret gunner/flight engineer on a B-17 Bomber, stationed at Bury St. Edmunds, England.

Lyle Tase
Lyle Tase
Army
Lyle
Tase
DIVISION: Army,
468th Ordiance Evacuation Conpany
Nov 6, 1917 - Feb 29, 1976
BIRTHPLACE: Calhoun County Michigan
HIGHEST RANK: Technician 5th Grade
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 30, 1941 -
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Aug 9, 1945
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BATTLE: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland
MILITARY HONORS: Good Conduct Medal American Defense Medal European African Middle Eastern Service Medal 3 Bronze Stars
HONORED BY: John & Judy Sherman, Elizabeth & Jerry McLain

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Lyle Tase was commissioned into the Army 1/30/1941. He served in the European theater as a Technician 5th Grade. His position entail driving heavy and light trucks as well as other military equipment in the transferring of military supplies, equipment and personel.

William Sr. H. Taylor
Army
William Sr.
H.
Taylor
DIVISION: Army,
195th AGF Band
Mar 30, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Chapman, KS
HIGHEST RANK: PFC
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jun 6, 1942 -
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Nov 22, 1945
0
HONORED BY: William H. Taylor, Sr

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I spent six months in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Three years were spent at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. My rank was PFC.

Everett J. Taylor
Navy
Everett
J.
Taylor
DIVISION: Navy
May 12, 1925 - Jun 28, 2013
BIRTHPLACE: Enterprise, Kansas
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Mar 1, 1943 -
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Jul 11, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife Harriett E. Taylor and Sons Tom and Rex

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Everett Joe Taylor was 17 nearing the end of his first year of engineering at Kansas State and wanted to leave books behind and enlist in Naval Aviation with his parents consent. (Recruitment poster said 12 months after call to active duty you could have your wings and a commission) He enlisted in Kansas City on March 1, 1943. He received a letter from the Navy in May saying there had been fewer casualties than expected and he was directed to report for active duty on July 1, 1943 to the Navy V-12 (a) unit at Madison, Wisconsin to study engineering at the University for eight months and then on to aviation cadet training. August 1944 Decision time: If a cadet had 2 years college he could waive the cadet program and go direct to a 4 month midshipman school and get a commission, or stay in the cadet program where the next school would again not include flying and more than a year to get wings if you survived the current 50% wash out rate. He took the option to midshipman school. Started on November 1944 at Ft. Schuyler, New York and graduated in a class of 1450 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on March 6, 1945. Big decision time: He could go back to flying direct to primary with the usual Navy Steerman Acrobatic planes and complete flight training or go to a 2 months Deck Officers school in Miami. At age 19 the thought of soon flying a fighter plane won out and he reported to Ottumwa, Iowa NAS mid March 1945. All the other officers in his unit were Academy men from the Pacific fleet, so he had to take ground school again with them and started to fly in early May. He got in a lot of flying, including passing both check rides in precision flying and landing, and also acrobatic flying that month. June, however, was substantially less flight time (Maybe V-E day figured into that). With little solid information as to when primary flight school could be completed and none about advanced flying, at Pensacola, he had realized that in late June of 1945 he had been on active duty nearly 2 years. Because Aviation was a special category he could ask for a transfer direct to the fleet if possible, and he did that. June 28, 1945 orders read to be released from flying at Naval Air Station Ottumwa and report to Deck Officers school Miami, Florida. July 10, 1945 he reported as required and during that training the war ended. After completing deck school in September 1945 he reported as directed to the PCS 1392, attached to the Sonar Training School in Key West, Florida. June 1946 he was released from the '92 to go to Great Lakes Training Center Illinois for release from active duty July 11, 1946. He got his honorable discharge from the inactive Naval Reserve on February 8, 1955. Lt(jg).

Richard W. Taylor
Army
Richard
W.
Taylor
DIVISION: Army,
Tank unit
May 22, 1903 - Feb 28, 1966
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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BATTLE: Battle of the Bulge

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Richard Taylor was a resident of Trenton, NJ from approx early 1950's til dod.  He was a Tanker during WW 2, combat duty included Battle of the Bulge. After WW 2 he lived for several years in Tuckerton, NJ area. Wife's name was Mary.

Warren D. Teasley
Navy
Warren
D.
Teasley
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Daniel A. Joy (DE-585)
Jun 14, 1925 - Jan 12, 2004
BIRTHPLACE: Natoma, Kansas
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific, Other
SERVED: Nov 13, 1943 -
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Apr 17, 1946
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HONORED BY: His family

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Warren was born June 14, 1925 in Natoma, Kansas, the third child of Millie and Ross Teasley. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on November 13, 1943, after having been drafted during his senior year in high school. At the time, he was living in Washington, D.C. where his stepfather was working in the shipyards. He took his boot training at Sampson, N.Y. and then was sent to Radio School in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania. In early 1944, he joined the crew of the U.S.S. Daniel A. Joy, a destroyer escort, soon after her shake-down cruise. He remained on board the Joy until the war's end. After escorting a convoy to North Africa, the ship went through the Panama Canal and proceeded to the Southwest Pacific and the New Guinea, Philippines and Okinawa Theaters of Operation. In November 1944, they were anchored at Manus Island close to the ammunition ship Mt. Hood when she blew up. Many were killed and wounded on both the Mt. Hood and nearby ships, but the Joy and her crew did not receive significant damage. Close to the end of the war, they were anchored in Okinawa and were ordered to sea to ride out a destructive typhoon. Several ships were sunk with loss of crew, but the luck of the Joy held and they came through with little damage. Warren received his discharge on April 17, 1946. He returned to Kansas and attended Fort Hays Kansas State College, graduating in 1950. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began a long career as an estimator in the millwork industry. In Kansas City, he also met his future wife, Eloise Good. They were married June 22, 1952 in Louisburg, Kansas. They had three children, Kathy Rogers, Kansas City, Missouri; Valerie Carstens, Fairfax, Iowa; and Brent Teasley, Lee's Summit, Missouri. In later years the greatest pleasures of his life were his wife of fifty-one years, his family including his six grandchildren and the annual reunions of the U.S.S. Joy. The reunions were always a time of renewing old friendships and reliving old memories. Warren passed away January 12, 2004, just four months after his last reunion.

Kenneth R. Teasley
Army Air Corps
Kenneth
R.
Teasley
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
548th Night Fighter Squadron
Jan 28, 1921 - Jul 10, 2006
BIRTHPLACE: Kansas City, Missouri
HIGHEST RANK: Chief Warrant Officer
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 16, 1940 -
0
Apr 1, 1972
0
HONORED BY: Children of Kenneth Ross Teasley

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Kenneth Ross Teasley graduated from high school in Natoma, Kansas, in 1938. He worked briefly as a printer and radio repairman before enlisting in the U.S. Army on 16 September 1940. He began military service as a teletype operator in the Signal Corps, but due to his expertise in electronics he was soon retrained to work in the Army Air Corps in the U.S. military's secret weapon at the time - radar. He was stationed at radar stations and air bases in Florida and California rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant. In September 1943, he married Natalie McFadden (also originally from Natoma, Kansas). In July 1945, he was deployed overseas to join the 548th Night Fighter Squadron on Okinawa in preparation for the invasion of the Japanese mainland. He served as a radar repairman, working on the P-61 'Black Widow', America's first night-fighter aircraft, stationed at Ie Shima. With the surrender of Japan, he remained on Okinawa until December 1945, when he returned to his wife and son in California and was discharged from the service. After working as a civilian radio repairman, Kenneth Teasley re-enlisted in the Army Air Corps at March Air Force Base, California in April 1947. He transferred to the U.S. Air Force later that year when the new service was established. He became a career military man, serving 30 years and retiring in April 1972. In 1949, he changed military career fields, once again working on the latest U.S. secret weapon - this time atomic weapons. He served the remainder of his military career as a munitions officer. In April 1952, he was awarded the specialty of 'Atomic Weapons Support' and commissioned as a Warrant Officer. Kenneth served in the Strategic Air Command in Guam from July 1953-June 1955 and then was assigned as supervisor of munitions maintenance control at Manzano Base near Albuquerque, NM. He served with an American munitions detachment assigned on a British airbase in Germany - RAF Laarbruch from 1961-1964. On Laarbruch he stood NATO Alert with the British flight crews of B-57 Canberra bombers, ready to arm the aircraft in case of war. He returned to the States with an assignment to the 465th Bomb Wing (SAC), Robins AFB, Georgia, where he was responsible for munitions on the B-52. In 1966-67, CWO Teasley was deployed to Southeast Asia with an assignment to the Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhom Phanom, Thailand. There he operated under very primitive conditions and received an AF Commendation Medal for converting an 'emergency' munitions storage facility into a semi-permanent munitions area during this one year. After duty in Thailand, Kenneth served on the staff at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB Hawaii from 1967-70. He was chief of the Technical Operations Branch supporting USAF nuclear weapon capabilities in the Pacific area. He finished his military career providing munitions for South Vietnamese Air Force A-37 crews training at England AFB, Louisiana in 1972. Kenneth Teasley's decorations and medals include: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, World War II Victory, American Defense Ribbon, WWII Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Kenneth and Natalie Teasley live in Topeka, Kansas. They have four children: Mack Teasley, Abilene, Kansas; Kenlie Bell, Oxford, Georgia; Brooke Teasley, Topeka, Kansas; and Tamra Teasley, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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